Published by Hirmer Publishers, “Alchi – Treasure of the Himalayas” by Peter van Ham, with Amy Heller and Likir Monastery, is the first comprehensive documentation of Alchi, the world-famous Buddhist monastery in Ladakh. Inside it houses thousands of rare and incomparable paintings and sculptures dating back to 11th-century Western Tibet.
From the Hirmer Publishers website:
Alchi was proposed for inclusion in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage list in 1998. It provides fascinating insight into the spiritual and secular life of medieval Kashmir and Western Tibet with artworks revealing influences from India and Tibet across Central Asia and Iran as far as ancient Greece. The photographs were produced in the highest possible digital resolution by Peter van Ham using a special camera; they capture the miniature-like delicacy and broad range of colour of the originals with a unique wealth of detail. In cooperation with the renowned Tibetologist Amy Heller and her pioneering deciphering of the complicated inscriptions of Alchi, van Ham has succeeded in producing a unique and highly fascinating cultural document.
Read a review on The New York Review of Books here: https://www.nybooks.com/daily/2018/12/05/the-ravishing-art-of-alchi/